The Wedding Bells : Season 1

  • Network: FOX
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 7, 2007
Metascore
35

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 25
  2. Negative: 15 out of 25

Critic Reviews

  1. 70
    The overall effect is pleasing, light, cheerful.
  2. 60
    The madcap action turns repetitive in the premiere.
  3. [A] cute wisp of a series.
  4. 50
    There are moments of dizzy, semisweet fun to be had on the premiere. But the honeymoon could be short.
  5. The pilot looks dangerously flawed and seriously underwhelming.
  6. 50
    As annoying as Kelley can be, I can't really think of a better writer to take on an even soapier, wedding-themed version of "Grey's Anatomy," which is about where this one lands, tonally.
  7. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    40
    Even with an attractive cast and tart moments, the whole remains less than the sum of its parts.
  8. Only two members of the core cast appear even slightly interesting.
  9. The show’s not awful, but not Robert Altman, either.
  10. 38
    An anemic, unfunny romantic comedy.
  11. Even the best home run hitters can swing and miss badly, though - and on "The Wedding Bells," all of them do.
  12. 37
    Unfortunately, the comedy is Kelley at his most forced and artificial.
  13. "Bells" needs to be about more than pacifying that week's psycho bride (or her demanding mother), or it risks being an updated version of "The Love Boat."
  14. It abandons all of Kelley's strengths, like the legal setting and male bonding, and drowns itself in his weaknesses: women discussing their feelings, women flirting with men, women acting body-conscious... basically, anything involving the female gender.
  15. Mr. Kelley is a gifted television producer, and “The Wedding Bells” has funny moments, but this series is not a labor of love. It’s a labored effort to simulate romance.
  16. 30
    All together now: "I don't!"
  17. This is the skin of a David E. Kelley show with none of the usual muscle, brains, spirit or cheek behind it.
  18. 20
    A painfully lightweight collection of stock comic wedding situations... that Kelley could have written on his PDA at the gym.
  19. 20
    I wouldn’t rush to clear space on the old DVR for this muddled marital mess.
  20. A familiar mishmash of David Kelley formulaic elements.
  21. 20
    Somebody on The Wedding Bells is always saying ''We need to talk about it,'' to which the reply is invariably something like "I'm not big on dating men I've slept with.''
  22. Wedding Bells' pilot concludes with a bride literally catching fire, a suitably ugly ending for a truly grotesque show.
  23. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    0
    It is awful. It is truly awful. It is awful in ways that make the word "awful" seem inadequate.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. SheriS
    May 6, 2007
    10
    I love this show. When will it be on again?
  2. CatW
    Apr 27, 2007
    10
    You all are nuts! You give this show only 4 weeks and in that 4 weeks move it around so that no one can find it and call it quits? This was You all are nuts! You give this show only 4 weeks and in that 4 weeks move it around so that no one can find it and call it quits? This was one of the best shows to come around in a very long time! It appealed to BOTH husbands and wives; word of mouth was going out to friends and relatives and it also appealed to the "over 30" crowd who has the money, etc. But most of all - IT MAD US BELLY-ROLL LAUGH! You better fire the guy who decided to pull this show - he just lost a lot of money for you all! Full Review »
  3. BlakeM
    Apr 9, 2007
    9
    One of the funniest shows of the year. In a year with so few good new TV shows, this is a breath of fresh air. Guys, don't be afraid to One of the funniest shows of the year. In a year with so few good new TV shows, this is a breath of fresh air. Guys, don't be afraid to watch this one. It really treats that Wedding with more humor and irreverance than any show I've seen. In the last episode that airred on 4/6. I was laughing for 10 minutes straight. There has not been a show that has done that for me since some of the early episodes of The Office. Don't miss this one. Well worth the space on Tivo! Full Review »